When it comes to earning, top 10 bloggers of the world have shown the blogosphere what they can do with their blogs.
They create immense value for their readers, receive huge traffic and generate mind-boggling income for them and their employees.
These bloggers are the flag bearer, mentor and source of inspiration for million of bloggers in the blogging world. But one thing is clear, these top notch blogs are the symbol of hard work, consistency, creativity and patience.
Earning is a sensitive part of a blogger’s life. And, estimating the total revenue generation by a blog is even harder. To make the income estimate as accurate as possible I have considered the below parameters:
- Google AdSense, BuySellAds and likes
- Alexa traffic, Compete traffic and likes
- Page views, CTR and Google PR
List of Top 10 Earning Blogs in the World
1# Blog Name: HuffingtonPost.com
Founder: Arianna Huffington
Alexa Traffic Rank = 81 Google PR = 8
Earnings / month = US$ 8,00,000
Arianna Huffington founded this American news blog in May 2005, along with Kenneth Lerer, Andrew Breitbart and Jonah Peretti.
On Feb 11, 2007, AOL acquired Huffington Post for a whooping US$ 315 million, making Arianna editor-in-chief. In 2012 this blog won the prestigious Pulitzer prize for online journalism.
With over 1 million comments made on the site per month, Huffington Post is the 1st top earning blog in the World.
2# Blog Name: Yardbarker.com
Founder: Pete Vlastelica
Alexa Traffic Rank = 1813 Google PR = 6
Earnings / month = US$ 2,00,000
Founded in Mar 2006 by Pete Vlastelica, Jeff Kloster and Mark Johns, Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs on the web.
This blog is a fun aggregate-type site publishing rumors, gossip and humor from the best sports blogs. Over 70 professional athletes publish blog posts on Yardbarker daily.
In Oct 2010, Yardbarker was acquired by FOX Sports, making Pete Vlastelica as CEO. Yardbarker is the 2nd top earning blog in the world.
3# Blog Name: Slate.com
Founder: Michael Kinsley
Alexa Traffic Rank = 1030 Google PR = 8
Earnings / month = US$ 1,00,000
Founded in 1996 by Michael Kinsley, Slate.com is a daily magazine covering politics, news, business, technology and culture.
Jacob Weisberg succeeded Michael Kinsley as a second editor from 2002 till 2008, and now he is the chairmen and editor-in-chief of the Slate Group.
This blog has won numerous awards including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online, and presently own by The Washington Post Company. Slate is the 3rd top earning blog in the world.
4# Blog Name: Mashable.com
Founder: Pete Cashmore
Alexa Traffic Rank = 272 Google PR = 8
Earnings / month = US$ 80,000
Pete Cashmore was a 19 yr old boy when he founded Mashable in July 2005. Initially he started blogging from his bedroom, only to escape from the boredom of his studies.
His social media news site, which also covers news and developments in mobile, gadgets and technology is one of the most read blog in the world. Mashable is the 4th top earning blog in the world.
5# Blog Name: Engadget.com
Founder: Peter Rojas
Alexa Traffic Rank = 401 Google PR = 8
Earnings / month = US$ 40,000
Founded in March 2004 by Peter Rojas, Engadget is a technology blog which covers gadgets and consumer electronics. Peter is also the co-founder of technology blog Gizmodo and video gaming blog Joystiq.
Engadget currently operates a total of 10 blogs written in different languages, and nominated as the best blog of 2010 by TIME Magazine. Engadget is the 5th top earning blog in the world.
6# Blog Name: Cracked.com
Founder: Jack O’Brien
Alexa Traffic Rank = 922 Google PR = 7
Earnings / month = US$ 30,000
Founded in 2007 by Jack O’Brien, Cracked is an award-winning blog filled with funny videos, pics and articles. The site became popular after merging with another blog called Pointless Waste of Time, and is currently a property under Demand Media, Inc.
With 7.3 million unique visitors and 300,000,000 page views / month, it is the most visited humor blog in the world. Cracked is the 6th top earning blog in the world.
7# Blog Name: TechCrunch.com
Founder: Michael Arrington
Alexa Traffic Rank = 372 Google PR = 8
Earnings / month = US$ 25,000
Founded by Michael Arrington in June 2005, TechCrunch is a popular technology blog covering tech news, start-ups and reviewing new internet products.
Arrington was criticized in 2010 for terminating a 17 yr old intern-writer Daniel Brusilovsky of TechCrunch for taking compensation in exchange for a blog post.
With 12 million unique visitors and more than 37 million page views / month, TechCrunch is the 7th top earning blog in the world.
8# Blog Name: Gizmodo.com
Founder: Peter Rojas
Alexa Traffic Rank = 802 Google PR = 8
Earnings / month = US$ 22,000
Founded in 2002 by Peter Rojas, Gizmodo is a technology blog about consumer electronics. It also covers topics like design, architecture, space, and science. Currently, this blog is a part of Gawker Media Network.
According to Wikipedia, by mid-2004, Gizmodo and Gawker together were bringing in revenue of approximately $6,500 per month. Gizmodo.com is the 8th top earning blog in the world.
9# Blog Name: Lifehacker.com
Founder: Gina Trapani
Alexa Traffic Rank = 722 Google PR = 7
Earnings / month = US$ 20,000
Founded by Gina Trapani in Jan 2005, Lifehacker.com is a technology blog about tips and tricks to live better in the digital age. Till the end of 2005 Gina was a solo blogger.
With a motto of “Tips and downloads for getting things done” the blog is owned by Gawker Media. With exclusive sponsorship of SONY, it ran a highly-publicized ad campaign in 2005 costing US$ 75,000 for 3 months. Lifehacker is the 9th top earning blog in the world.
10# Blog Name: SmashingMagazine.com
Founder: Sven Lennartz
Alexa Traffic Rank = 822 Google PR = 7
Earnings / month = US$ 12,000
Founded by Sven Lennartz and Vitaly Friedman in Sep 2006, Smashing Magazine is an online blog for professional Web designers and developers. It covers quality articles about latest trends and techniques in Web developments.
Considered as online Mecca for Design Community, Smashing Magazine is the 10th top earning blog in the world.
P.S. While compiling all the available data to prepare a list of Top 10 Earning Blogs and Bloggers of the World, great care has been taken. All types of inputs are welcome to make this list more accurate.